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Sat 21 Sep
Battle Loop Trail
Saturday, September 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

There will be a guided hike of Battle Loop Trail covered approximately one mile over moderate terrain. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Sun 22 Sep
Autumn Appeal Native Plant Gardening Workshop
Sunday, September 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn about the wonderful native shrubs and perennials that shine in autumn with color, blooms, and berries. Find out about some plants you may not know that are easy to grow and beneficial to wildlife. After the indoor presentation we’ll go outside and visit our native plant gardens to see these beauties in all their glory. Native plants will be available for purchase. Dress for the outdoors and bring a notebook. Please call 518-872-0800 to register. Meet at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Registration: Required
Sun 22 Sep
Autumn Appeal Native Plant Gardening Workshop
Sunday, September 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Learn about the wonderful native shrubs and perennials that shine in autumn with color, blooms, and berries. Find out about some plants you may not know that are easy to grow and beneficial to wildlife. After the indoor presentation we’ll go outside and visit our native plant gardens to see these beauties in all their glory. Native plants will be available for purchase. Dress for the outdoors and bring a notebook. Please call 518-872-0800 to register. Meet at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Registration: Required
Tue 24 Sep
Fall Flora at Thacher Park
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Look for late blooming wildflowers, fall fruits, and early autumn colors as we walk along the escarpment trail and take in the scenic views. This walk is co-sponsored by ECOS, the Environmental Clearinghouse, and all are welcome to attend. Meet at Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. Meet at the Thacher Visitor Center.
Tue 24 Sep
Fall Flora at Thacher Park
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 09:30 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Look for late blooming wildflowers, fall fruits, and early autumn colors as we walk along the escarpment trail and take in the scenic views. This walk is co-sponsored by ECOS, the Environmental Clearinghouse, and all are welcome to attend. Meet at Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. Meet at the Thacher Visitor Center.
Tue 24 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join an educator each Tuesday in August for a story, craft and short hike. Each week we will explore a different nature theme. For ages 2-5. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Tue 24 Sep
Shipwrecks: What Lies Beneath with Art Cohn
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House

Arthur B. Cohn will present, Shipwrecks: What Lies Beneath: Stories from Seneca Lake. The program will outline the history of the Seneca Lake region and, based on his 4-decades of Lake Champlain experience, the logical expectation that shipwrecks would be present. The talk will focus on the first two seasons of the Seneca Lake survey and the significant shipwreck discoveries that will add to our understanding of the canal era when horses and mules walked the towpath.Cohn is the Principle Investigator for the Spitfire (1776) Project, Seneca Lake Survey Project, and Director Emeritus of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site present a speaker to discuss a relevant topic as part of their monthly meeting.

Join us! These programs are FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

Thu 26 Sep
Painting in the Park
Thursday, September 26, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Sep
Fall Bingo
Friday, September 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy the new season at the park with fall bingo! This is a self-guided tour for all ages. Participants will receive a bingo sheet and marker. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Sat 28 Sep
Beach Yoga
Saturday, September 28, 2019 09:30 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy a relaxing morning of yoga on Long Pond beach. Participants must be 16 years old and provide their own mat or towel. Program costs $5 per person. $6/vehicle gate fee refunded if departing directly after class. Please pre-register by calling (518) 279-1155, ext.2.
Sat 28 Sep
Hike to High Point Without a Trace at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a hike to the escarpment on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. We’ll take a break at High Point to enjoy the views and along the way explore the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Have you ever been out in nature and stumbled across pieces of trash or an old campfire ring? These things are left behind by people and have impacts on the natural environment. Learn about Leave No Trace and you can share the awareness with others. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Meet at the Carrick Road parking area for this 3-mile hike over fairly level terrain. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
National Public Lands Day – Pollinator Garden Cleanup
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come lend a hand to the birds and the bees at Mine Kill State Park by maintaining our new pollinator garden. The garden was planted this spring, and we already have much weeding to do! Some gardening tools and gloves will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. There will be a light BBQ lunch afterward.

Sat 28 Sep
Hike to High Point Without a Trace at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us for a hike to the escarpment on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. We’ll take a break at High Point to enjoy the views and along the way explore the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Have you ever been out in nature and stumbled across pieces of trash or an old campfire ring? These things are left behind by people and have impacts on the natural environment. Learn about Leave No Trace and you can share the awareness with others. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Meet at the Carrick Road parking area for this 3-mile hike over fairly level terrain. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Nature Hike w/ Friends of GLSP
Saturday, September 28, 2019 02:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy a casual Autumn Ramble hike with a hiking leader from the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park. Meet at the welcome center.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Friends of GLSP Potluck
Saturday, September 28, 2019 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

All are welcome to the annual Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park potluck! Whether you are a current member or someone who loves the park and would like to get more involved, join the Friends for some family friendly fall fun!
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Sep
Friends of GLSP Potluck
Saturday, September 28, 2019 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

All are welcome to the annual Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park potluck! Whether you are a current member or someone who loves the park and would like to get more involved, join the Friends for some family friendly fall fun!
Sat 28 Sep
Evening Explorers
Saturday, September 28, 2019 06:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Ever wonder what happens in the park after dark? Challenge your senses and learn about some of the park’s nocturnal wildlife during this family friendly interactive program with an environmental educator. Ages 8 and up, please wear sturdy footwear. Space is limited; please pre-register by calling 518-279-1155, ext. 2.
Registration: Required
Sun 29 Sep
34th Regiment of Foot
Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The battlefield will host the 34th Regiment of Foot. The 34th Regiment will be demonstrating the drill, battle tactics, and everyday life of a British soldier in Burgoyne's Army in 1777.

Sun 29 Sep
National Coffee Day
Sunday, September 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Celebration National Coffee Day with a free cup of Canal Coffee at the Visitor Center between 1pm and 4pm.
Mon 30 Sep
Geyser Trail Hike
Monday, September 30, 2019 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy a guided hike on one of our most beloved trails. This moderate, three mile hike will wind through valleys, fields and forests, giving the visitor a unique view of the park and its many features. This hike starts at the Creekside Classroom. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Oct
Fall Leaves Preschool Program at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Celebrate fabulous fall and its changing leaves! We'll read a story about the changing season, learn about why leaves change colors and then take a walk to find some beautiful leaves outside. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. Meet at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 05 Oct
Fall Leaves Preschool Program at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Celebrate fabulous fall and its changing leaves! We'll read a story about the changing season, learn about why leaves change colors and then take a walk to find some beautiful leaves outside. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. Meet at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 05 Oct
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 5, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Enjoy the fall foliage and scenic views as you learn about the geology and history of the park. This moderate walk of about 1.5 hours includes stairs and a couple of steep sections. Wear sturdy shoes and meet in front of the Visitor Center. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Oct
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 5, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Enjoy the fall foliage and scenic views as you learn about the geology and history of the park. This moderate walk of about 1.5 hours includes stairs and a couple of steep sections. Wear sturdy shoes and meet in front of the Visitor Center. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 06 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 6, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Sun 06 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 6, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
Sat 12 Oct
Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Hourly tours of the battlefield will be offered as a part of Path Through History weekend. A mix of driving and walking is required. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Sat 12 Oct
Fall Fungi at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Do you feel fired up about fungi? Are you mad about mycelium? Just curious about the wild cousins of your pizza topping? Join members of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Society on a ramble through our property to learn more about and even find some fabulous fungus. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 12 Oct
Fall Fungi at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Do you feel fired up about fungi? Are you mad about mycelium? Just curious about the wild cousins of your pizza topping? Join members of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Society on a ramble through our property to learn more about and even find some fabulous fungus. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 12 Oct
Discovery Day: Colonial Chocolate
Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Learn about the food ways of the colonial Dutch during a hearth cooking demonstration in our cellar kitchen. Food Ways Focus Tours will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm, regular House Tours at noon, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Included with regular admission prices
Sat 12 Oct
Moonlight Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a 2.5-mile hike to the escarpment at dusk. We’ll watch the full moon rise over the Hudson Valley from Hang Glider Cliff. We may need flashlights for the hike out, but if the sky is clear we can hike back by moonlight. Meet at the Carrick Road trailhead at 6pm. Note, there are no restroom facilities in the north end of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 12 Oct
Moonlight Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 06:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us for a 2.5-mile hike to the escarpment at dusk. We’ll watch the full moon rise over the Hudson Valley from Hang Glider Cliff. We may need flashlights for the hike out, but if the sky is clear we can hike back by moonlight. Meet at the Carrick Road trailhead at 6pm. Note, there are no restroom facilities in the north end of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 13 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.*TVC
Sun 13 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.*TVC
Sun 13 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Tue 15 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center

Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour.

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be postponed.
Fri 18 Oct
Haunted House Weekend Festival
Friday, October 18, 2019 until Saturday, October 19, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Get ready for two days of ‘Scho-haire-raising' Halloween fun, Friday and Satuarday, October 18-19, at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitor Center.

On Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mine Kill will host its annual Halloween Haunted House. take a hauntingly scary tour of some local landmarks through the Haunted Village. On Saturday, starting at 11am Nypa holds a costume parade and contest for children of all ages, with prizes awarded in various categories. Mine Kill's haunted house will open at 12pm and run till 3pm There will be free pumpkins for all participants, a hayride, Halloween crafts and more! For more information please contact the Mine Kill office at 518-827-8690

Sat 19 Oct
You Can't Get There From Here: Stories From the Day the Bridge Closed
Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

By the late morning of October 16th, 2009, there were rumblings of the Lake Champlain Bridge to be closed due to structural deterioration creating unsafe conditions. And by mid-afternoon, it was shut to all traffic, leaving those having to travel to either side stranded. Join Crown Point State Historic Site and Chimney Point Historic Site for a multi-disciplinary, day-long seminar as we explore the memories, findings and consequences of that historic moment.

The day will begin in Vermont at Chimney Point State Historic Site, with a presentation from the Vermont State Archeologist on the excavations during bridge construction. His presentation will be followed by a living history exposition on the site grounds by personages from Chimney Point's past, who will expound on these exciting findings. Either walk or drive over the bridge to Crown Point State Historic Site for afternoon programing, that will consist of a moderated panel of local business owners, activists and community members that fought to have the bridge rebuilt and eyewitnesses to the closure that day. The day will end with a presentation and discussion with Ted Zoli, structural engineer of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on the impressive engineering that went into the original structure as well as the unique aspects of constructing the new bridge.

$25 per person. Registration limited to 45.
Agenda and Registration Info

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Oct
Pumpkin Painting at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Feeling festive this fall? Decorate a pumpkin! Perfect your pumpkin masterpiece while sipping on cider and snacking on Cider Donuts and fresh apples from Indian Ladder Farms. We’ll have the pumpkins - just bring your artistic vision! Fee is $5 per person, limit is 1 pumpkin per person. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. At the Thacher Visitor Center.
Sun 20 Oct
Pumpkin Painting at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Feeling festive this fall? Decorate a pumpkin! Perfect your pumpkin masterpiece while sipping on cider and snacking on Cider Donuts and fresh apples from Indian Ladder Farms. We’ll have the pumpkins - just bring your artistic vision! Fee is $5 per person, limit is 1 pumpkin per person. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. At the Thacher Visitor Center.
Tue 22 Oct
Friends Meeting: ROTTEN! w/ Anita Sanchez
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for a great presentation by environmental educator and author Anita Sanchez about her new book, “ROTTEN! Vultures, Beetles, and Slime: Nature's Decomposers” (released January 2019).

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thu 24 Oct
Painting in the Park
Thursday, October 24, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Enjoy a frighteningly good time in Crailo’s 17th century cellar kitchen as you listen to strange and scary stories from the haunted lore of the Hudson Valley. You decide whether the fireside tales are fact, fiction, or a bit of both! Included with regular admission prices.
Sun 27 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.*TVC
Sun 27 Oct
Batty for Bats at Thacher Visitor Center
Sunday, October 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween's most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans - bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.*TVC
Thu 31 Oct
Closing Day – Halloween Open House
Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Calling all goblins, ghouls, princesses and superheros! Stop by for treats, in costume or not, on our last day open for the season. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat 02 Nov
Woodland Path” Oil Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Paint an autumn woodland path with local accomplished artist and teacher Karen Woodin. Participants of all skill levels will receive instructions on various oil painting techniques and complete their own 16 x 20 painting to take home. The course fee of $65 includes all materials. Advance registration and payment are required. Please call 518-872-0800 by October 25 to register. Bring a bag lunch, light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited, so register early. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Nov
Woodland Path” Oil Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Paint an autumn woodland path with local accomplished artist and teacher Karen Woodin. Participants of all skill levels will receive instructions on various oil painting techniques and complete their own 16 x 20 painting to take home. The course fee of $65 includes all materials. Advance registration and payment are required. Please call 518-872-0800 by October 25 to register. Bring a bag lunch, light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited, so register early. *ETTNC
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Nov
Early Bird Tour of the Battlefield
Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

There will be an early bird tour of the battlefield. Don't forget to set your clocks back! This will be the final public tour of the season. A mix of driving and walking is required. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Tue 05 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “The Story of Grant Cottage: The Final Home of an American Hero” with Ben Kemp from Grants Cottage
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The compelling story of how famed Civil War General and two-term U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant ended up spending his final days in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The story of Grant's last year is an inspirational tale of family devotion and a true character study of a man known for his triumph over adversity. Learn how the amazingly preserved Cottage atop Mt. McGregor, with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and Green Mountains, became a historic site that has welcomed visitors for the last 135 years.

Sat 09 Nov
Moonlight Hike
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Enjoy the Park's trails under the nearly Full Beaver Moon. Use your night-vision and your ears to detect the presence of wildlife as we walk along the Long Path from Mine Kill to the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather, and meet at the Mine Kill State Park Office.

This is a free event. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Mon 11 Nov
Veterans Day
Monday, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The battlefield will host a commemoration ceremony to mark Veterans Day.

Tue 12 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “Transportation in the Mohawk Valley” with Scott Haefner From Montgomery County Historical, Old Fort Johnson
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In this presentation, historian Scott Haefner will explore the significance of the Mohawk River and its valley in developing transportation to the West and will cover the Bateaux era in the 18th century through to the 19th century Turnpikes, Canals and Railroads.

Thu 14 Nov
Painting in the Park
Thursday, November 14, 2019 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us in the NEW Mine Kill State Park classroom for a "Painting in the Park" program! Registration is required. $15 per person, includes guided instructions, education about the chosen painting, all your materials and light refreshments. You may also bring your own refreshment. This event is indoors and is suitable for ages 10 and up. To register please call (518) 827-8690

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “On Trial: Susan B. Anthony” with Laurie Kozakiewicz From SUNY at Albany
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In 1873 Susan B. Anthony went on trial in Canandaigua NY for having cast a ballot in the presidential election of 1872. In doing so she seemingly violated both federal law and the NYS Constitution. Suffragists had been stunned and angered at women's exclusion from the 15th Amendment. Our purpose in revisiting the trial is to get a better sense of the challenge's suffragists faced in the late 19th century as they struggled to win the vote.

Tue 26 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “Looking History in the Eye” with Anne Clothier From Saratoga County Historical, Brookside Museum
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

A workshop lecture about identifying 19th century photography methods. Anne will cover what to look for in identifying the works from the 1800s and some other elements that enable historians to narrow down the era in which a photograph may have been taken. Bring along some of your own family photos to share.

Sat 07 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique holiday gifts. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Thu 12 Dec
Winter Decoration Workshop- 2 sessions
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jan
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

The traditional Dutch celebration of the end of the holiday season! Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season will be available. Prices TBD